Many customers have asked me: My neighbour’s house has an insulated garage, but mine isn’t. What are the benefits? The benefits are many.
To start, it will keep the inside warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In the winter this will reduce heating bills (Particularly if your garage is part of the house, and not a stand alone garage.) The warmer temperature provided by the insulation will make it easier to start your car on cold mornings, and reduce environmental wear and tear on your vehicle. This would be especially important if you use the garage as a storage room instead of place to park your car.
In the spring and the fall seasons the insulation will reduce temperature variations. For example many nights are cold, but the days are warm. This temperature variation creates condensation. Condensation is small beads of water and it forms when warm air cools rapidly, usually forming on metallic objects. This is a big concern for electronic items in an uninsulated garage since the sensitive logic board and other small electronic parts are all made of metal (They have to be, to conduct electricity). Over a period of many years the condensation will eventually cause corrosion on those parts and the electronics will fail, leading to costly repairs.
In the summer time the garage can get stiflingly hot. High daytime temperatures combined with little air flow create sauna like conditions which will bake anything inside, including your car. Over time, it can cause plastic parts to crack, and leather to dry out. And it’s not very comfortable to get in to drive either! Additionally, if your garage is part of the house it will heat up adjacent rooms, increasing your energy bills as the AC has to work harder to maintain temperature in the rest of the house.
A properly insulated garage door with perimeter weather seal will also discourage pests from entering the garage. Mice, rats, squirrels, and sometimes larger animals like stray cats, racoons or skunks will try to get inside if the see a small opening, or if they can feel the heat escaping through a crack beside the door in winter. Perimeter weather seal also can reduce smells (Such as food or green recycling bin smells) from leaking outside which will lessen the chance that pests will be interested in your garage.
In short, proper insulation and weather seal will enhance your garage, help to lower your energy bills, and help protect your valuables. In the long run, it is well worth the extra cost.
Paul Janzen- Senior Garage Door Technician-
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